National Taxonomy Research Grant Program

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What is the National Taxonomy Research Grant Program?

The Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS) National Taxonomy Research Grant Program is an initiative that provides grants for research into taxonomy and systematics and to support the training and/or recruitment of taxonomists.



The National Taxonomy Research Grant Program (NTRGP) is supported by the Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS). The program contributes to the DCCEEW’s Environmental Information and Research Program and the Departmental Strategic Outcome 2 (conserve, protect and sustainably manage Australia’s biodiversity, ecosystems, environment and heritage through research, information management, supporting natural resource management, and the broader Australian National Science Statement (2017)).



The program aims to:

  • improve knowledge of the Australian biota through targeted taxonomic research
  • increase funding for taxonomy through enhanced co-funding opportunities
  • build Australia’s taxonomic capacity by supporting tertiary research training and early career researchers.

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National Taxonomy Research Grant Program

Grant Streams

Seven grant streams are available to applicants to support research projects of differing levels of complexity and at different stages of their career. The grant streams are:

  • Research Grant – Researcher employed or hosted by an appropriate institution
  • Early Career Research Grant – Early career researcher employed or hosted by an appropriate institution
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant – Researcher who has had their PhD thesis accepted and is hosted by an appropriate institution
  • Honours Scholarship – Honours student hosted by an appropriate institution
  • Masters Scholarship – Masters student hosted by an appropriate institution
  • PhD Scholarship Support Grant – PhD student with a Research Training Program Scholarship that commenced in 2022 hosted by an appropriate institution
  • Non-salaried Researcher Grant – A retired or unemployed Australian citizen, or someone who is employed in a non-taxonomy capacity, for whom taxonomic research is an auxiliary, nonfunded activity.



The Australian Government has committed ongoing funding of $2.03 million per year for the program. Up to $2.03 million is available for this grant opportunity.

Grant amounts vary. The maximum grant amount per research stream:

  • $300,000 for Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant
  • $270,000 for Research Grant
  • $20,000 for PhD Scholarship Support Grant and Early Career Research Grant
  • $10,000 for Honours, Masters Scholarships and Non-salaried Researcher Grants.


Eligible Projects

The project period for each research stream is:

  • Research Grant: 3 years
  • Early Career Research Grant: up to 2 years
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant: 3 years
  • Honours Scholarship: 1 year (or 2 years part-time)
  • Masters Scholarship: 1 year (or 2 years part-time)
  • PhD Scholarship Support Grant: 2 years
  • Non-salaried Researcher Grant: 1 year

You can use this grant funding for:

  • travel costs
  • stipends and fieldwork expenses
  • direct labour and on-costs
  • equipment expenditure
  • training
  • research costs.

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National Taxonomy Research Grant Program

Eligible Applicants

You can apply if you have an Australian business number (ABN) and are:

  • an appropriate host institution submitting an application on behalf of an Principal Investigator or scholarship student (applies to all streams except the Non-Salaried Researcher Grant); or
  • an individual submitting a Non-Salaried Researcher Grant application.

You must also be one of the following entities:

  • an entity, incorporated in Australia (this includes Indigenous organisations registered with the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations)
  • a co-operative
  • a partnership
  • a publicly funded research organisation (PFRO)
  • an Australian local government agency or body
  • an Australian State/Territory Government agency or body
  • an Australian Commonwealth Government agency or body
  • an individual.

If you are applying as:

  • as an individual, you must be 18 years of age or older and provide proof of identity documentation (see section 7.2 of the guidelines)
  • an incorporated association or not for profit organisation and you do not have an active state or territory incorporated association registration or ACNC registration at the time of application, provide the Constitutional documents and/or Articles of Association that demonstrate the character of the organisation
  • a partnership, provide a copy of your partnership agreement.

Partner with other organisations

You can include a Joint Investigator in the application. A Joint Investigator is a researcher who will contribute substantially to the scientific and intellectual knowledge of the project.

The appropriate institution must fill out the application form.

If we give your group the grant, the appropriate institution:

  • signs the grant agreement
  • is responsible for making sure your group follows the rules in the grant agreement.



Applications close 18 January 2023.


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